The Chicago Transit Authority is one of four U.S. transit agencies sharing a $1.2 million grant to support building bus rapid transit systems. The Rockefeller Foundation grant will support research, communications and community outreach efforts to engage and educate local stakeholders on the benefits of BRT in Boston, Pittsburgh ad Nashville, in addition to Chicago.
Meanwhile, the CTA and Chicago Department of Transportation last month unveiled proposed lane configurations for the Central Loop East-West Transit Corridor, according to BRTChicago.com. Beginning in 2014, the downtown Bus Rapid Transit route will connect Union Station with Navy Pier.
The plans call for improving mostly existing bus-only lanes on two miles of streets: Canal, Washington, Madison and Clinton. The streets with bus-only lanes include the following Bus Rapid Transit features: level boarding, queue jumps for buses at key intersections, and other features to help speed traffic through the Loop.